Category: Interviews

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11/21/14 Jason Leopold

Jason Leopold, an investigative reporter for Vice News, discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture program during the Bush administration; the fight over which parts will be redacted; and when it might finally be released to the public.

11/21/14 Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, an independent journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses the stalled nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva, during a final round of talks before the November 24th deadline.

11/20/14 Yousaf Butt

Dr. Yousaf Butt, senior scientific advisor to the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) in London, explains why Iran’s “missing” 19.8 kg of uranium is due to an IAEA accounting mistake, not an Iranian attempt to divert nuclear materials for making weapons.

11/20/14 Katherine Hughes

Civil liberties activist Katherine Hughes discusses the US government’s continuing persecution of New York doctor Rafil Dhafir, who founded the charity “Help The Needy” to send food and medicine to Iraqis suffering under sanctions.

Dhafir was arrested in 2003 during the run-up to the Iraq War and accused of funding terrorism, though he was ultimately convicted of trumped-up non-terrorism offenses, most involving Medicare fraud. He remains in prison and is still fighting for release.

Katherine Hughes has two articles on Rafil Dhafir at Truthout and Dhafirtrial.net.

11/19/14 Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses Hillary Clinton’s gushing admiration of war criminal Henry Kissinger in her review of his new book World Order; and why progressives hoping for a successful Clinton 2016 presidential campaign should take a second look before they elect a power-hungry monster.

11/18/14 Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses Jundallah’s pledge of support for ISIS; and Mossad’s history of using Jundallah to commit terrorist attacks in Iran to damage US-Iran relations.

11/18/14 Jacob Hornberger

Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses how the United States lost the Cold War by adopting the totalitarian features of the Soviet Union; and how to better the economy by cutting the Pentagon’s budget and using the proceeds for productive purposes.

11/17/14 Adam Morrow

Adam Morrow, a Cairo-based journalist for IPS News, discusses Egypt’s tightened blockade of Gaza following terrorist attacks by “unknown militants,” even though Hamas denied responsibility; how unassociated Islamic groups are lumped together with ISIS for propaganda purposes; and the consequences of Egypt’s failed democratic experiment with the Muslim Brotherhood.

11/17/14 Eric Margolis

Eric Margolis, a journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the confusing situation in Syria; the incoming Republican congressmen eager to do Israel’s bidding; and why Saudi Arabia is manipulating oil prices to damage Russia’s economy.

11/16/14 Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, an independent journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses how the US’s failure to relieve sanctions on Iran is threatening the nuclear talks; the conflict of interests between President Obama and the national security state; and how Israel has sabotaged US rapprochement with Iran.

11/14/14 Will Grigg

Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue’s investigation of his brother Kenneth’s murder in federal custody in 1995; Kenneth’s uncanny resemblance to Richard Lee Guthrie (who was suspected of involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing plot); the crimes and coverup committed by the FBI and DOJ; and Jesse’s current lawsuit seeking access to long-suppressed video footage of the 1995 bombing.

11/14/14 Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm, a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, discusses how the Justice Department is using fake communications towers on airplanes to collect cellphone data; and Congress’s attempt to sneak through a fake cybersecurity bill that further weakens privacy laws.

11/13/14 Marcy Wheeler

Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses how the USA Freedom Act could effect the NSA’s ability to spy on Americans’ phone records, and why she doesn’t support the legislation.

11/13/14 Matthew Hoh

Matthew Hoh, a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy, discusses the Obama administration’s decision to train 5000 “moderates” to fight both the Assad government and Islamic rebel groups in Syria; and the consequences of deposing secular dictators in the Middle East.

11/12/14 M.J. Rosenberg

M.J. Rosenberg, a commentator on Israel and the Middle East, discusses Israel’s departure from anything resembling democracy, and why Republican super-donor Sheldon Adelson doesn’t see any problem with that.

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